Pure emotion! Bluesman Chris Beard
pours it out in abundance on his Live Wire
session. Recorded live at concert in Grand Rapids and Chicago, the 48 year old guitarist bares his soul on this disc. Admitting a preference for live venues the singer includes three fine Dennis Walker
songs from a studio session in Rochester, NY. Walker's songs are always a treat but Chris Beard's live tracks are more expressive.
Beard's new CD is impressive from the first note. He's a fiery player and a good writer. Five of his original compositions are included on the album. I especially liked the opener Born To Play The Blues
and the witty Ten Toes Up, Ten Toes Down
The highlight is Beard's treatment of Lucky Peterson's Tribute To Luther Allison
done in two parts. Chris Beard makes his guitar bleed
If you love hard-driving electric blues, drop by the singer's website and lend your ear to this one.